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Japanese-born trumpeter Takuya Kuroda can often be found playing in singer Jose James’s band, so it should come as no surprise that Rising Sun finds him (with James at the production board) working a similar sort of groove-based jazz that mixes in R&B, neo-soul, and hip-hop. Here, on his fourth album and first for Blue Note, he’s joined by the impressive young crew of keyboardist Kris Bowers, bassist Solomon Dorsey, drummer Nate Smith, and trombonist Corey King. The band has an insistent midtempo feel carried on the backs of Dorsey and Smith’s steady playing, balanced by Bowers' dreamy keyboards and the often long, soft tones played by Kuroda. Highlights include the uptempo title track and the deeply funky “Piri Piri,” which has Kuroda’s most expressive solo on the album. Guest turns by James on the Roy Ayers classic “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” and guitarist Lionel Loueke on the aptly titled “Afro Blues” are also strong. Definitely for fans of Bowers' acclaimed solo debut, not to mention labelmates Robert Glasper and Jose James.

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Rising Son: Taku Kuroda

Stellar turn from Jose James' go-to trumpeter. Fresh take on modern jazz and horns; reminiscent of Roy Hardgrove's early works. Great to have him on the scene. Expecting more from him soon.

a promising start

Takuya Kuroda’s “Rising Son” is a good album, with great brass arrangements and admirable production from José James, but it lacks a bit of excitement.
Overall, I strongly recommend the album because Takuya has a great sound and promising composing talent, and because it’s simply lovely to listen to.
Looking forward for new compositions!

What Miles Davis would be doing if he was alive today

This has such a clean groove without trying too hard, like "Kind of Blue" with a more modern groove. There's NO fat here, all lean, mean groove machine… VERY awesome to discover Takuya.


Born: February 21, 1980 in Kobe, Japan

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '10s

Jazz trumpeter Takuya Kuroda is a forward-thinking musician with a bent toward mixing post-bop and adventurous soul-jazz. Born in Kobe, Japan, Kuroda followed his older trombonist brother into the local music scene, playing in big bands. After studying music in Japan, Kuroda relocated to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, Kuroda befriended upcoming jazz vocalist José James, who invited Kuroda to record with him. Kuroda appeared on James' 2010 sophomore album, Blackmagic,...
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